Nick Carter will star in ''Sleepy Hollow'' update -- The Backstreet Boy will make his movie-star debut in a high school version of the horror classic

By Gary Susman
Updated May 20, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Nick Carter: Anthony Mandler

Boy-band singer and powerboat racer Nick Carter wants to add movie leading man to his résumé. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Backstreet Boy will have his first starring role in ”Hollow,” a modern retelling of Washington Irving’s classic horror tale ”The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The low-budget ($5 million) independent drama will costar Kaley Cuoco of ABC’s ”8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” on which Carter has guest-starred twice.

In ”Hollow,” high schoolers in a small town learn that they are descendants of the characters in Irving’s headless-horseman saga, and their lives begin to parallel their ancestors’ fates. Carter apparently plays the Brom Bones part, a football captain he describes as a ”hormonal brute with a bit of a ‘tude.” The 23-year-old says of the film, ”It couldn’t have been more perfect for what I was looking to achieve in making the move into acting. I didn’t want it to be something that felt fake or just not right. The role itself is perfect. It’s not too much; it’s just enough to show people that I can do it.”

Trivia note: according to the Internet Movie Database, when Carter was a 10-year-old aspiring Mouseketeer, he made his film debut with an uncredited walk-on in 1990’s ”Edward Scissorhands,” starring Johnny Depp, who would star in director Tim Burton’s revisionist ”Sleepy Hollow” in 1999.